Edwards pushes wage hikes, business incentives in poverty tour

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards called on regular people to help political leaders fight poverty in America.

The former North Carolina senator and vice presidential candidate was in Memphis last night on a tour of mostly poor, rural communities across the Mississippi Delta region.

Edwards told a packed crowd at a charity thrift store that a people's movement -- much like the civil rights movement -- is needed to attack hunger and poverty.

In a stop at Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, Edwards said he supports raising the minimum wage and offering incentives for businesses to locate in poor areas.

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